About Us

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Who We Are

Founded in 2004, 21 Lacrosse / Black Jacks were formed to pay tribute to the memory of Paul “PJ” Trendowicz. In the summer of 2002, weeks before he was to matriculate at Bentley University, where he would have continued his playing career, PJ died tragically in a drowning accident.

" Love life, life for Lacrosse "

PJ played for Coach Bagby at Boston College High School where he had a standout career. Known for his versatility, PJ’s selfless play, offering to play any position to help the team, stands as a benchmark and measuring stick for every player that plays in the 21/Black Jacks program. We will forever pay tribute to PJ for what he meant to BC High, the game and to his teammates and coaches. A fun loving guy whose dynamic personality lit up any room …We will ALWAYS carry this tagline in his memory

Our History …

The team took the name Black Jacks to reflect the organization’s “#21”. From 2004 - 2016 the team competed nationally against the best teams in North America making it to the final four of a number of national tournaments and twice qualifying for The National Lacrosse Club Championship.

Put the team first

We took great pride in not only how we competed, but just as importantly, how we played … As a team.  

A former head coach at the University of Maryland approached Coach Bagby at a national tournament and said, “I love your team … I just can’t put my finger on who the best players are.”  Coach Bagby responded, “Bottom line, isn’t that what you want – not only an outstanding individual player, but a great team player and teammate?”  The Maryland coach responded, “I guess you are right – it’s just that we are so use to seeing teams playing 1 v 1 lacrosse, with little focus on the team. 
”We not only try to break that mold we insist on it.  To be a member of the Black Jacks you will be expected to put the team first … That is what PJ would have done, and we expect no less from our current players!

SINCE 2004

For 12 successive years we competed quite favorably against the best club teams in the US and Canada, including Long Island Sting, Alcatraz, Toronto Edge, Hamilton Tiger Cats, Team 91, Albany Power, Maryland Crabs, Florida Possums, Team Florida, Team Carolina, Team Minnesota, Connecticut Hurricane, and many more ...

Non-Profit Corporation / Need Based Scholarships

21 Lacrosse is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation.  All donations are fully tax deductible.  Each year we attempt to raise $30,000 to supplement the playing fees for players in need of assistance.  100% of every dollar donated is applied to the fees of players based solely on need – there are no scholarships based on ability.Our mantra has been, since our founding in 2004, “No player will not play because he cannot afford to.”  We do believe every player / family has to have “skin in the game”; therefore, everyone must “pay to play”, but we will supplement those in need.

College Planning / Recruiting

You have one chance only, to help your son make what is potentially the most important decision of his life.  The college that he eventually selects is often a life changing decision.

Entering the college recruitment process unprepared, will almost certainly lead to confusion, anxiety and, most likely, a good-sized headache.  You are looking at potentially, the loss of scholarship money or, more likely, the loss of an athletic slot for admission.

Our knowledge of the recruiting process allows us to provide invaluable and objective insights to the process. We have placed hundreds of players in colleges across the country at all levels.  Whether it is an Ivy League school, a Division I power, or a Division III state school, we do everything in our power to help you and your son find the right school.

We will help you analyze the options academically and offer you invaluable advice on the economic impact college can have on your family and how some simple but valuable advice can save you thousands of dollars.  In many instances we have saved our players and families many times the fees you will pay to our program.  We will work with your family to navigate through this complex and important process so that when it is all over you are confident the decision is the right one.

Coach Bagby

Coach Bagby has been a fixture in men’s lacrosse for more than 30 years in Massachusetts. As a high school coach and as a college coach, Coach Bagby has a career win percentage of over 70%. He has coached many college success stories including 15 All-Americans and more than 50 college captains and upwards of 100 All-Conference and Academic award winners. Coach Bagby was a standout goalie at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and is still the only goalie at that school to be inducted into their Hall of Fame. As Coach Bagby said in his own words, “I was privileged to play for two of the greatest lacrosse coaches ever … I could be an idiot and still be a pretty good coach, and I’m not an idiot.” LOL

Coaching Influences

Coach Bagby played for a season at, then Division I, Washington & Lee University for Coach Jack Emmer. When he was inducted into the National Hall of Fame, Coach Emmer had the most wins by any coach in NCAA history.

Coach Bagby subsequently played for Howdy Myers at Hampden-Sydney College. Coach Myers was recognized by Lacrosse Magazine in 2000 as the “Greatest Coach of the 20th Century”. The Howdy Myers National Man of the Year Award is given each year in his name. Bagby stated, “Coach Emmer taught me how to relate to players, and Coach Myers was probably the greatest ‘X’s and O’s’ coach in lacrosse history. They both have had a great influence on my coaching style.”

All of the coaches in the Black Jacks organization reflect this inclusive and fundamentals style of coaching. In addition, one of Coach Bagby’s favorite coaching styles involves the “why” of the game. As he explains, “The ‘why’ is the bottom line in lacrosse - the IQ. If you know why you are doing something, the picture becomes much clearer.”

How to Join …

If you would like to be a part of this organization please contact us as soon as possible. The Black Jacks do not hold “tryouts”, or better known as “money grabs”, but will ask players to submit video on their play and one or two references that can speak about their ability.

Coach Bagby stated, “I don’t need parents to spend $100+ for one hour of field time, and pretend we can make a fair evaluation. We are asking players to submit video and coaches references for us to make a more sincere and fair evaluation.”

Approximately 500 players will be invited each year to participate, from which the Black Jacks will select 21-23 players per team.

Office Location

720 Washington St. Suite 705 Hanover, MA 02339

Home Field

Mass. Maritime Clean Harbor Stad. Buzzards Bay, MA 02532